Bangalore: Lok Pal bill joint draft committee
member Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that vested interests
seemed to have ganged up to discredit the proposed legislation
by unleashing a sustained campaign to spread misconceptions
He said vested interests first made an attack on the
individual members of the committee and now they are attacking
the bill per se questioning the provisions of the bill.
"You would see various articles in various media
questioning the bill and presenting the facts in a manner
which the bill does not talk of," Kejriwal told a press meet
at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where civil
society members in the committee, along with social activists
Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh, had an interactive session.
He said there is a sustained effort to discredit the whole
exercise and cited instances of the bill being projected as "a
cure (Lok Pal bill) worse than the disease (corruption)" and
as a "threat to democracy".
Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, a member of the panel,
saw no difficulty in the passage of the Lok Pal bill in the
Parliament, indicating that political parties would be forced
to take a position on it.
Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge, pointed out if any
political party opposes the bill, it would be seen as one
which is "for corruption".
Bedi, a former IPS officer, said that with India ratifying
the United Nations Convention Against Corruption,
international pressure, in addition to the one by civil
society, would mount on the country to have an independent
anti-corruption authority (Lokpal).